Bobby Cox campaign parachute

Bobby Cox, of Greer, skydives Friday to announce his campaign for S.C. House District 21. Provided.

A Citadel graduate and former U.S. Army Ranger took a leap of faith Friday by literally jumping into South Carolina politics.

"I announced it the way an Airborne Ranger should, by skydiving into the event," Bobby Cox wrote on his Facebook page. "I'm not afraid to jump out of a perfectly good aircraft and I’m certainly not afraid to take on the problems of our state with bold, new leadership."

A photo posted on Facebook shows Cox parachuting into his event with an American flag waving behind him.

Cox on Friday announced his candidacy for South Carolina's 21st House District, which includes Greenville.

His campaign website states he is running because he believes Columbia is broken and in dire need of new leadership to take on issues facing the Palmetto State.

As a veteran himself, Cox also said he intentionally wanted to announce his campaign this week.

"I wanted to announce my run during Veterans Day weekend because it was the honor of my life to lead our men and women in uniform into combat," he wrote on Facebook.

The Greer Republican will be challenging incumbent Rep. Phyllis Henderson, who was first elected to the S.C. Statehouse in 2010.

Cox's high-flying entrance will also land him on Fox & Friends at 8:45 a.m. Sunday morning, where hosts will ask Cox about his decision to run for office with veterans in mind.

Cox served four combat tours in Iraq and is currently a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army reserves. He said his desire to join the military was cemented after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He is also director of government strategy for gun manufacturer Sig Sauer.

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Caitlin Byrd is a political reporter at The Post and Courier and author of the Palmetto Politics newsletter. Before moving to Charleston in 2016, her byline appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times. To date, Byrd has won 17 awards for her work.